Accepting new patients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Dr. Kohanski is available on a case-by-case basis in addition to her Tuesday and Wednesday office hours.
Specialties & expertise
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Medication management and complicated psychopharmacology
Dr. Renée Kohanski is a board-certified psychiatrist with added training in forensic psychiatry. Her new office is conveniently located in Mystic, Connecticut. She is a highly seasoned clinician, drawing from multiple years of clinical experience across many institutions. She received her MD (Medical Doctorate) from New York Medical College followed by an internship and residency with Georgetown University Hospital Center, serving as Chief Resident in her senior year. She subsequently completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship training at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Kohanski is passionate about her role as an advocate for her patients’ health. The focus of her practice is in guiding young adults, adults, and seniors through the challenges of anxiety, depression, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, to name a few. In addition to medication management, she also offers the convenience of talk therapy in the same appointment. Dr. Kohanski incorporates CBT skills as part of a treatment approach but is not a cognitive-behavioral therapist.
Dr. Kohanski is committed to creating a safe space for patients to work toward finding greater fulfillment in their lives. She enjoys a true doctor-patient relationship that is meaningful and powerful. Her style is collaborative, engaged, and attuned to the needs of her patients.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Dr. Kohanski is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $350 (90-120min)
Medication management and supportive therapy:
Independent medical examinations, forensic evaluations, and second opinion consultations: $350/hour
Therapist's note: Dr. Kohanski can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to patients
“Effective Communication is at the forefront of all we do. In this technologically, overwhelming, busy world, communication with fellow health care providers can often be the most challenging. I will aggressively reach out to busy providers and establish a connection to provide the best care for our shared patient. All of my assessments are comprehensive. Reports and consultations are promptly prepared.
I am particularly sensitive to needs of my patients in understanding “doctor-speak”. I jokingly state I am fluent in translating “doctor-speak” to English and then back to “doctor-speak” in order to facilitate communication with my patients’ primary care providers and any other physicians.
I will act as a powerful advocate for you in helping you understand your medical concerns as part of providing comprehensive psychiatric care.
Once you are in my clinical practice, I am easily accessible to you via text messaging, e-mail or cell phone.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
RK Psychiatry Associates, Psychiatrist, 2003 - Present
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor
Whiting Forensic Hospital, Attending Physician
George Regional Hospital Forensic Unit, Attending Physician
Medical College of Georgia, Assistant Clinical Professor
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor
University of South Carolina, Post-graduate fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry
Georgetown University Hospital Center, Internship and Residency
New York Medical College, MD
Queens College of the City University of New York, BA